27 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is It Okay to Get a Small Dog for Christmas?

It's important to understand the needs and commitment of dog ownership before adopting at the holidays. Follow Me on Pinterest

It’s important to understand the needs and commitment of dog ownership before adopting at the holidays.

“I love my new humans. Woof, woof!”

Now that the holiday season is in full force many are deciding on what to give their loved ones. Sometimes this is a desire to have a pet. But is it okay to get a small dog for Christmas? Find out what this dog trainer has to say.

Is It Okay to Get a Small Dog for Christmas?

Should you give or get a puppy as a holiday gift? Many dog trainers will tell you no. I am going to buck that trend and say: Go ahead! Or rather, get or give that darling little puppy as a gift IF and only IF you are prepared to do these 30 things that will set a puppy up for a successful life with humans:

 

1. If purchasing from a breeder, meet the parent dogs in person. Ask to see them around a new dog. Ask to see them interacting with children (but keep the kids safe — they can be on the other side of a chain-link fence or puppy gate).

2. Ask for detailed health and temperament information for the puppy’s parents and grandparents. Only purchase puppies from breeders who answer your questions, allow you to meet both parents, test for health and temperament and prove that they do, and agree to take the dog they bred back should the need arise, no questions asked. Read more about Dogs as Christmas Gifts in It’s OK to Get a Puppy for Christmas If You Agree to Do These 30 Things here.

When looking to adopt sometimes it is better to wait for the holidays to pass. Is it okay to get a small dog for Christmas then? With the right preparation, commitment, and understanding this could possibly work out to be a good scenario for you and your family.

What about you?

Did you adopt a dog(s) during the holidays?

How did this work out?

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